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KOLD-TV is the CBS-affiliated
Arizona. Owned by Raycom
Media, it is a sister to Fox
(owned by Sander Media, LLC) and MyNetworkTV
(owned by Tucker Operating Co., LLC) through its shared
services agreement. It broadcasts an ATSC
signal on UHF channel 32 (remapped to virtual
channel 13.1 via PSIP)
from a transmitter located atop the Santa
Catalina Mountains. Its studios are located on North Arizona
Pavilions Drive (off of Interstate
10) on the northwest side of Tucson (near the Casos Adobes
neighborhood), which are shared with the Raycom Design Group,
an in-house firm that designs graphics packages for Raycom Media's
On November 13, 1952, the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) granted a construction permit to country
Autry for VHF channel 13 in Tucson. Two months later, on January
13, 1953, Autry signed the station on the air as KOPO-TV, the
second television station in Arizona. Known as "Lucky 13",
KOPO played up the "13" angle, coming on the air at 1:13:13
PM, the 13th second of the 13th minute of the 13th hour of the 13th
day of the year.
It was a sister station to KOPO radio (AM 1450, now KTZR;
and 98.3 FM, now KOHT).
Channel 13 took the CBS affiliation due to its radio sisters' long
affiliation with CBS radio. It also had a secondary DuMont
In 1957, the station changed its call letters to KOLD-TV,
playing off its sister station, KOOL-TV (now KSAZ-TV
KOOL and KOLD remained sister stations until Autry sold off KOLD to
Universal Communications, the broadcasting arm of the Detroit-based
News Association, in 1969.
Universal Communications was acquired by the Gannett
Company as part of Gannett's purchase of the Evening News
Association in 1986. Gannett had owned the Tucson
Citizen since 1977, and FCC regulations of the time forced
Gannett to sell KOLD along with KTVY (now KFOR-TV)
City and WALA-TV
Alabama to Knight
Ridder Broadcasting after just one day of ownership. The News-Press
& Gazette Company acquired KOLD in 1989, when Knight Ridder
bowed out of broadcasting.
KOLD-TV used this logo from 2004 to 2010.
In 1993, Atlanta-based
Vision Television bought NPG's entire television station group of
the time, which included KOLD, WJTV
Mississippi and its semi-satellite
WHLT in Hattiesburg,
North Carolina and KSFY-TV
Falls, South Dakota. Two years later, New Vision sold all of its
stations to another Atlanta-based company, Ellis Communications (New
Vision later rebuilt with smaller-market stations, and later resold
the group to LIN
TV). Ellis, in turn, was sold the next year to a media group
funded by the Retirement
Systems of Alabama, who purchased two additional broadcasting
broadcasting unit and Federal Broadcasting) several months later. The
three groups merged in 1997 to form Raycom Media.
During 2011, the Raycom station Web sites are being redesigned to a
uniform format (previously, the Raycom station sites were a hodgepodge
of different formats that were inherited from their previous owners).
Raycom is Worldnow's
largest client in number of station Web sites, but was dwarfed in
total market coverage in Spring 2012 by Fox
Television Stations, which relaunched its Web sites during that
On November 15, 2011, Dallas-based
broadcasting company Belo
Corporation, owners of local Fox
announced that it will enter into a shared
services agreement with Raycom Media beginning in February 2012,
resulting in KOLD taking over the two stations' operations and moving
their advertising sales department to the KOLD studios. All remaining
positions at KMSB and KTTU, including news, engineering and
production, will be eliminated and master control operations will move
from Belo's Phoenix independent station KTVK
to KOLD. KOLD will also take over operations of KMSB's website. Though
FCC rules disallow common ownership of more than two stations in the
same market, combined SSA/duopoly operations are permissible (with
such operations existing in Youngstown,
On April 3, 1997, the FCC released its initial digital television
companion channel assignments. It assigned UHF channel 32 to KOLD-TV
to build its DTV facilities, and began broadcasting in digital on
September 11, 2003, with final FCC licensing coming January 6, 2004.
KOLD elected to continue broadcasting on digital channel 32 after the
digital transition on June 12, 2009,
and continues to identify as Channel 13 via PSIP.
Oddly, a 13.3 subchannel also exists which formerly carried until
about April 2011 a message apologizing for the discontinuation of The
Tube Music Network, which ended operations in late October 2007.
On August 15, 2011, KOLD-TV added Me-TV
to subchannel 13.2 and moved its "News 13 Now" programming
to the previous vacant 13.3.
In January 2012, KOLD-TV dropped the 13.3 subchannel, discontinuing
the News 13 Now service.
While KOLD's analog station originates from the electronics site in
the Tucson Mountains west of downtown, KOLD's digital transmitter is
at the Mount Bigelow electronics site to the northeast of the city.
KOLD-TV has a construction permit for a fill-in digital translator
on its pre-analog channel 13 which will benefit viewers who live in
certain rugged terrain areas that are having difficulty receiving the
signal on channel 32.
with: further information on the history of KOLD's news
operation. (November 2011)
Currently, KOLD-TV broadcasts a total of 29˝ hours of local
newscasts each week (with 5˝ hours on weekdays and one hour each on
Saturdays and Sundays).
On August 30, 2010, KOLD became the second station in Tucson to
begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high
On November 15, 2011, KMSB
Corporation announced that due to a lack of advertising revenue, that
in February 2012, it will enter into a news share agreement with KOLD
and shut down KMSB's in-house news department. KOLD will take over
production of KMSB's nightly 9 p.m. newscast, as well as debut a
two-hour 7-9 a.m. newscast on weekday mornings on that station.
- Telenews (mid-late 1950s)
- KOLD-TV Big News/Niteline News (1960s)
- Channel 13 News (1970s–early 1980s)
- NewsCenter 13 (mid-1980s–1997)
- News 13 (1997–2004)
- KOLD News 13 (2004–present)
- "Arizona's Color Station" (1960s)
- "Southern Arizona's News Station" (1993–1997)
- "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (1997–present)